2016 grooming trends: How to grow and maintain stubble

Bored of beards and sick of the effort it takes to go clean-shaven? Then stubble might just be the way to go – and with the facial hair style now firmly back on trend, there has never been a better time to give it a try.

Although it was once considered rude to show up to dinner with so much as a five o’clock shadow, times have well and truly changed, and nowadays there are a multitude of reasons to put down that razor for a few days – or to reach for the clippers, if you’re currently a bearded gent.

Stubble is a great choice for those who have trouble growing a full beard, as the shorter length of the hairs won’t accentuate patchy growth in the same way. It’s also a good way of covering up acne or scarring, and if you suffer from the dreaded razor burn in spite of using the very best products on the market, then it will save you from the unnecessary irritation, too.

If you already have a beard, on the other hand, then perhaps you’re bored of the upkeep it requires to keep it in shape, or the regular washing and combing to keep it free of debris and knots. With summer on its way, it’s also a good time to consider a lighter look to keep you cool in the heat.

Stubble couldn’t be easier to grow – just leave facial hair well alone for a few days, and watch it sprout. Exactly how many days it takes will depend, as every man’s facial hair grows at a different rate, but once you are happy with the length, it’s time to stop.

Ideally, you’ll have a pair of clippers on hand for upkeep, as these can be used to trim hairs to an even length – a number one guard works best. You may need to give multiple passes in order to achieve this effect.

If your stubble grows high up on your cheeks, then shave or trim the hair just below your cheekbone parallel to your jawline. Also remove any hair that grows below the top of your Adam’s apple for a tidier look.

Stubble might be considered an easier option than most, but it still requires some upkeep, and sharp edges and clean lines are a must to achieve that designer look. The best way to get them is with something like The Bluebeards Revenge Cut-Throat Razor, which takes double-edged blades and allows for a really precise finish.

Although you don’t have to, it’s still a good idea to condition your stubble with a good beard oil – like The Bluebeards Revenge Cuban Blend – to soften any sharp hairs. Regrowth can be prickly, and nobody will thank you for giving them razor burn.

The great thing about stubble is, once you’ve got it, it’s ready to wear, so it promises to save you time in the mornings as well as giving you a masculine edge.


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